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Why is there present simple in the first sentence? Why is there no present continuous?

I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair – it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission.

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  • This is probably an excerpt from a story. In literature, style is very important and that is probably the reason the present simple is used in the first part of the sentence. More a matter of style than grammar.
    – anouk
    Aug 6 '20 at 17:01
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Present continuous often combines with verb which express repeating action,but the verb "scowl" here is not to describe a repeating action.

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